Wildlife Safari, Winston, Oregon
After sunning himself for awhile he folds his wings back into place and starts to gap a little, as if something is stuck in his throat. Something is stuck! The heron just coughed up a soupy pellet. Owls are famous for their pellets, i.e. little lumps of bone and feather they cough up after digesting a meal of mouse, bird, or whatever is on the menu. Several other birds also cough up pellets. Hawks do, all the corvids do (crows, jays and ravens), even kingfishers do. And now we’ve seen a great blue heron cough up what he can’t digest.
Note: We watched the heron at Hart Lake, a small pond that is part of Wildlife Safari in Winston Oregon. Wildlife Safari is a drive through park where we volunteer. Amongst the zebras, wildebeests, rhinos, etc., are many native species which also benefit from the park.